Learn the principles and practice of brewing a truly excellent cup of coffee, while earning course credit and also getting an introduction to chemical engineering: UCD undergraduates can do all this by enrolling in ECM 1 “The Design of Coffee”!
ECM 1, The Design of Coffee, is intended to serve as a non-mathematical introduction to how engineers approach and solve problems, as illustrated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee.
Each week begins with a 50 minute instructor-led discussion about a different chemical engineering principle, with a focus on how that principle is manifested in the production of coffee. We then go into the laboratory to perform experiments to test those engineering principles – and of course to taste the resulting coffee! The core component of this class is in fact the weekly 2-hour lab session, where you will do experiments involving coffee. (Note you can still take the class if your choice is decaf or if you don’t drink any sort of coffee).